“Head Down”, the new album from California blues rockers RIVAL SONS, will be released in Europe on September 17 via Earache Records. The CD, which will be made available in the U.S. via iTunes on Setember 18, was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (JAMIE JOHNSON, SHOOTER JENNINGS) and Grammy-wining engineer Vance Powell (JACK WHITE, THE WHITE STRIPES, KINGS OF LEON). The artwork was created by Jason Holley (JOSH RITTER, RAY LAMONTAGNE) and can be seen below.
A 13-minute video clip in which the RIVAL SONS members preview clips of tracks from the album, talk about their recording experience, their inspiration, and how “Head Down” was conceived and written can be seen below.
In a recent interview with Shindig! magazine’s hip little sister Happening, RIVAL SONS guitarist Scott Holiday stated about “Head Down”, “We toured for over a year straight on the back of ‘Pressure Time’, lots of improvisation. Making a lot of shit up on a nightly basis — getting very tuned in. Doing this made us closer to each other, the songs, and our audience. Much more in touch. That said, I think we put together a more live, conversational record (musically) than any of our others. It’s our fourth record, technically. We knew where we wanted to fill in the gaps. It’s more of a ‘long-form record for us, too, which I wanted because that will better reflect the live show. We really got to stretch out, hit some new influences. I definitely got to explore and show a few new tricks in my bag. That’s what it’s all about though, right? Pushing your personal boundaries. It still sounds very much like a RIVAL SONS record, though. I think it’s definitely our best-‘sounding’ record sonically. And most complete, as far as the concept, songs, artwork. And I will mention it’s a double vinyl, which I can really dig, with gatefold cover of a beautiful painting created for us by Jason Holley.”
The “Keep On Swinging” video can be seen below. The band once again worked with director Greg Ephraim, who also helmed the group’s “Pressure And Time” and “All Over The Road” clips.
“Head Down” EPK:
“Keep On Swinging” video: